Lynn Allen has a pet goat named “Leno. Since I had the special opportunity to visit with Jay Leno last weekend in Burbank California, I asked him to autograph the photo of Lynn’s goat named “leno”. I just did not mention to Jay that she also has a goat named “Conan”.
Lynn was so excited when I gave her the autographed photo today.
Isn't he a cute little goat?
Design your love instead of falling into it.
"Autodesk products are great for designing complex things like massive telescopes with 200,000 separate parts," says Autodesk CEO Carl Bass, "and now we're starting to apply that expertise to the most complex - and mission critical - challenge of all - love…am-ore!…you know: bom-chika-BAMP-bowwww.'"
INTRODUCING AUTODESK LOVE MAKER 2011
link to announcement
I had planned a good April Fools day joke but, there has been too many things going on this week and my laptop is trying to die on me. I will save my idea for next year as it is timeless yet CAD related.
There is a good one out there from Google for a good laugh.
If only it were real. :-)
Back in AutoCAD 2009 we introduced the Ribbon User Interface (UI) element which was first introduced in the Microsoft Office 2007 products and now in many software products on the market.
The change placed some on the fence as change is always something of a challenge for longtime veteran product users. Luckily Autodesk’s AutoCAD Team was smart enough to think ahead and allow you to choose the classic interface or the new ribbon interface.
AutoCAD UI ~ Best of Both Worlds is Flexible with Traditional Menus or New Ribbon +Plus+ AutoCAD UI Retro Mod’ing Fun
Since then many have grown to love the Ribbon especially when in AutoCAD 2010 it was updated even more based on customer feedback. Now most like the ribbon for task based selections in Autodesk products but some still prefer the classic mode.
Ribbon lovers, you are not alone. :-)
For those that have adjusted and become lovers of the ribbon you can share your or wear your enthusiasm like Autodesk customer Robin Capper did at Autodesk University 2009 with his “I love the Ribbon” tee-shirt. No he is selling I love the ribbon merchandise with any profits going to RobiNZ Blog Kiva Micro Fund Lending Team.
Robins blog posting Want your own “Love the Ribbon”?
Too bad it is after Christmas as these would have made great presents or stocking stuffers for that special AutoCAD Geek in your life or office. ;-)
I posted the video I had captured of Elvis singing the legal disclaimer at Autodesk University last week. What a creative and memorable way to present the legal disclaimer for a publicly traded company like Autodesk.
It has been a busy week of events for the See the Difference with AutoCAD 2010 Tour. We started the week in Columbus Ohio, Montreal Quebec, and then snowy cold Edmonton Alberta. Next week I will be in Boston and Washington DC and hope to see you there.
Sign Up for the See the Difference with AutoCAD 2010 Tour.
While spending so much time in an airport or staring at the back of a airplane seat is not exciting, it is all worth it to meet customers and hearing what they like and don't like about our products. I was wearing a pink shirt in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month at the events as was colleague Lynn Allen.
Want to Move, Copy, and Scale multiple objects in AutoCAD? Try the AutoCAD Express Tool command MOCORO.
Odds & Ends
Some of the taste bud highlights from last weeks tour was the famous Graeters Ice Cream in Columbus and Molson’s Rickards Red Draft in Canada. I also replenished my stash of Canadian candies such as the Nestle Smarties and Aero bars.
Delta Airlines now has speedy WiFi on most flights! I love Delta.
Has anyone else noticed since the baggage fees started on airlines the dramatic rise in the size of bags being attempted to be carried onboard with passengers causing delays in flight departures?
If I were in airline marketing, I would see that any person identified as a frequent flier from another airline would get special attention on my airline's flights. I would make it my business to know who the passengers were on each flight and give a heads up to the flight crew. Opportunity walks and talks.
I have now been asked twice if I was the guy from the Dos Equis beer commercial. Must be my grey beard. I don't really look like this guy other than the gray hair and I am certainly not “the most interesting guy in the world”. It is odd as this is the third time I have been confused with a beer character.
The first was from a bottle of Rogue ale that was brought to AU 2006 by a customer to show me the likeness of me and the image on the bottle. At that AU I found the real doppelganger for that beer image, it was AutoCAD Plant 3D team’s own Peter Quinn. Then there was that time I was confused with former Budweiser beer commercial star Spuds MacKenzie but that's another long story I will save until a later date.
The ending of the funny series started in March 2009 was so unexpected. Finally get to see TJ out of his blue latex suit.
“The TeknoChronicles of Z - Episode 10: Z End of Z Road
Venturing out of his TeknoCave, Z is on a final mission to learn the true identity of Dome City's greatest villain. Will he finally uncover the truth about his bosses, his projects, and his use of AutoCAD to save the Fate of Humanity? Or is this the end of the road for our friend Z?”
“Uh oh. The zipper on TJ's TeknoTard is stuck. But Z is more focused on designing cool skyboxes for a new stadium. So of course, he's implemented a BIM process with Autodesk Revit at the core, and he's using AutoCAD to extend the power of BIM. Good for the stadium design. Bad for TJ. “
Another great feature of the AutoCAD Exchange is the Ask an Expert where you can ask questions to the weeks expert.
A new episode of the TeknoChronicles of Z has been posted on the AutoCAD Exchange as well as YouTube. This is the fourth episode and titled “Rabid Prototyping” Take a break and watch this video to get a mid-week laugh.
If you have not been following the funny series The TeknoChronicles
A new episode of the TeknoChronicles of Z has been posted on the AutoCAD Exchange as well as YouTube. This is the third episode and titled “Supply Chained”. Take a break and watch this video to get a mid-week laugh.
If you have not been following the funny series The TeknoChronicles of Z it might help to catch up on these short fun videos from Autodesk. Don't forget to enter the General ShadowFinger’s Benign Design contest in 3D for some great prizes but valid for US contestants most likely due to some evil TeknoLawyer.
Chronological list of webispodes of TeknoChronicles of Z:
Autodesk Impression = good
photo posted by unknown proud parent
General ShadowFinger has thrown the challenge out.
”Finding good design talent is almost as hard as getting 10,000 giant mutant crabs to obey you”
There are some great prizes like trips and digital cameras.
Are you up for the challenge?
Oh, and there is a new TeknoChronicles of Z episode available.
TeknoChronicles of Z Episode 2 - General Malaise
Z's View Cube and Steering Wheel tutorial is interrupted by a mysterious proposal from General ShadowFinger.
Thank you for all the concerned emails alerting me to my blog having been hacked.
The new Episode 1 of TeknoChronicles of Z - “Z No Evil” is very funny.
“vrooom vrooom vrooom”
Be sure to pay attention to all the subtle humor like the scrolling text in the TeknoMap or the clouds in reverse direction in the TeknoJustice’s flying vehicle.
A funny video showing an AutoCAD superhero and villains.
Get ready for a good laugh!
The TeknoChronicles of Z. A new web series from Autodesk. Watch as "Z" guides you through what it takes to work for TeknoJustice, an ego-maniacal glory hog whose super-hero image has been complete.
I think I have worked for the boss TeknoJustice at one point in my design career. ;-)
Recently a group of CAD bloggers who were also active AutoCAD 2010 beta customers were invited by Autodesk to attend a behind the scenes event for the AutoCAD 2010 announcement webcast (AutoCAD 2010 Webcast Behind the Scenes). Steve Johnson from Australia was there and was shooting video interviews.
Steve just posted a funny compilation video “A gaggle of geeks” video on his blog via YouTube and at the end with some editorial humor and creativity made me look like I could not spell the word “nerd”. The truth is that Steve he asked me the identification for the Star Trek ship Enterprise which I only knew the first letter as I am not a big Star Trek fan, but Steve changed the question in the video edit. I am glad he at least mentioned he changed the question to save me from complete embarrassment and mockery.
I did notice in the video that the usual head banging rock music fan Steve has apparently changed his music preferences to techno.
Steve, thanks for the good laugh heading into the weekend!
Having worked in a design office in the past I know how there can be office pranks to liven up an office and blow off some steam. Sometimes projects can cause pressure, time crunch stress, and conflicts causing some to go to prank mode to relieve stress. Lynn Allen used to offer a few great pranks to do in AutoCAD including the one where each ZOOM would perform two UNDO commands and a SAVE, but that one could be a little dangerous and lose some work and design data if you had no backups of the DWG.
Pranks should always be in fun and not cause damage or negative impacts as those can be career limiting moves as well as be just downright mean and destructive. I will not officially admit to what I may have done myself, but mention a few pranks I know of:
Post your fun (and safe) AutoCAD pranks in the comments to this blog post. Let the fun begin.
Only seven more days until Autodesk University 2008!
The Matt Murphy Clay Head Sculpture was created by a contestant in the clay contest “Shape the future” at the MyFeedback booth last year using an AUGIWorld magazine picture of Matt Murphy as a reference. This green clay head has been held, touched, and for photos with people. It was even 3D scanned and printed as well as posed with well known entertainer Jay Leno.
So now the Matt Murphy Clay Head Sculpture has traveled around the world, attended many user groups worldwide, but it is looking pretty well traveled. It is made of soft clay and quickly becoming just a blob with rocks and other debris embedded in it in addition to the airline security screeners being tired of having to inspect it in my luggage .
It needs to be retired at Autodesk University 2008, but how?
Post your comment to this post on how we can retire the clay head in a legal and dignified manner at AU 2008.
I remember watching the YouTube videos of the Japanese game show for Human Tetris where contestants try to navigate moving shapes and it was hilarious and entertaining.
Below is the YouTube video of the original Japanese Human Tetris.
Well not to let the skillet get cold a new show named Hole in the Wall is coming to the Fox network starting this Sunday night http://fox.com/fod/play.php?sh=holeinthewall. It will be interesting to see if they can do it as well as the Japanese game show. Traditionally the Japanese game shows on TV in Japan are far better than the ones remade for markets outside Japan like the new shows like “I Survived a Japanese Game Show” but I do love MXC (MXC Most Extreme Elimination) which is based on Japanese Game show Takeshi’s Castle.
I need to do some catching up on email and work as I spent the week in California and yesterday alone breakfast in San Francisco, Lunch in Los Angeles then dinner in Salt Lake City.
At least around my neck of the woods which is just South of Salt Lake City Utah the temperatures have been hot with it predicted to be 101 today and muggy to boot.
For those that are also in the heat or just need an excuse to have fun this ones for you.